Moto G6 Play: Pricing, specs and availability

Motorola's Moto G6 Play focuses on delivering a simpler smartphone experience at an affordable price point.

Moto G6 Play at a glance

When does the Moto G6 Play come out? Announced late April 2018, expected to launch by June 2018
What’s new about the Moto G6 Play? Snapdragon 430, 18:9 display
How much will the Moto G6 Play cost? Expected to cost around $300

What is the Moto G6 Play?

The Motorola Moto G6 Play is the most affordable of Motorola's sixth-generation Moto G series phones, and that's usually an approach that means you're looking at compromises at some level.

Compared against the Moto G6 or Moto G6 Plus, some of the Moto G6 Play's cost conceits are rather obvious. It's finished in plastic, rather than metal or glass, and its 5.7-inch display only manages a resolution of 720x1440, which means you're looking at 720p video where some budget handsets offer up 1080p instead.

Underneath the display lurks Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430, another concession to meeting a particular price point rather than having a high-end processor. The trick here is that mobile processors really have stepped up their game in recent years, so while the 430 isn't an absolute powerhouse, it's essentially as good as the processors you would have found in handsets just a couple of years ago.

If your needs are moderate, then the Moto G6 Play might just suffice. It matches up either 2GB or 3GB of RAM with 16GB or 32GB of storage, although there's no word yet on which variant we'll see in Australia.

One area where the Moto G6 Play punches above its weight is in battery terms, with a 4,000mAh battery that Motorola claims is good for up to 32 hours. Many budget phones fall over explicitly in this area, so if it can live up to the claims, it might be a real standout for this feature alone.

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Does the Moto G6 Play have a good camera?

While the bigger members of the Moto G6 family offer dual cameras, the Moto G6 Play makes do with just single cameras front and rear. At the front, you'll find either an 8MP or 5MP selfie camera, although again we will almost certainly only see one version here. At the rear, you'll find a 13MP f/2.0 camera with LED flash and phase detection autofocus.

That's a moderate package all up, but very much par for the course for a budget phone.

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Is the Moto G6 Play water resistant?

Despite its "Play" suffix, playing with the Moto G6 Play in the water is not advised since it doesn't have any specified water resistance. That's still a very unusual feature to see in a true budget phone, but like most budget phones, small splashes shouldn't be a particular concern.

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When will the Moto G6 Play be available in Australia?

Motorola Australia has committed to releasing the Moto G6 Play family in Australia, but it has yet to specify a precise time frame for when it will do so. We'll update as soon as we have more information, but with the phone set to go on sale elsewhere internationally in May, we'd predict a May-June time frame for availability.

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How much will the Moto G6 Play cost?

The Moto G6 Play is very much a phone built to suit a particular bargain budget price, although Motorola Australia has yet to confirm precisely what that price will be. Internationally, it commands a £169 price point, which should equate to around $300, maybe less.

Phones in the budget space rarely get placed with carriers except as outright purchase options for prepaid plan buyers, so we're not holding our breath waiting to see if any of the local providers pick it up.

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Moto G6 Play Specifications

Product Name
Moto G6 Play
Display Size
5.7 inches
Snapdragon 430
Operating System
Android 8.0
Front camera
Rear camera
154.4 x 72.2 x 9 mm
Expected $300 or less
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